The construction industry is very dangerous, and those that are often working
on rooftops or
scaffolding are at an increased risk for a horrible falling accident. According to
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from roofs
can be easily prevented. OSHA put together a fall prevention fact sheet
to help guide construction workers and show them how to be careful. OSHA
says that workers are safer if they refuse to disconnect from their lifelines
while working at high heights. Also, they should be cautious to avoid
working around unprotected openings or skylights.
Contractors should be cautious to cover these open areas on roofs when
workers are present. Also, all contractors or employers should be cautious
to make sure that all equipment is working well.
Defective equipment can snap and break when it is most essential, resulting in a horrible
fall. OSHA asks that all employers plan ahead to get all jobs done safely
and then provide the right roof equipment to get the job done.
As well, it is important that contractors train all workers to use equipment
safely so that they can get the job done promptly and feel secure. Overseers
at construction sites should be held responsible to inspect all fall protection
equipment before use and make sure that workers are using guardrails and
lifelines when they are high up. Also, supervisors need to make sure that
all construction workers have a well-fitting harness if they are at a
height where a harness is necessary.
By being careful and cautious and creating workspaces where safety is the
primary concern, workers will be safer and falls will be prevented. If
you are injured in a roofing fall during a
construction accident, then you may be able to seek compensation if you believe your supervisor
was to blame. Talk to a New York workers' compensation attorney at
Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman today for more information.